I was born in Cooma in 1994 and am the eldest of three. My younger siblings are Hamish and Amber and our parents, Andy and Susie Martin-Smith are graziers. Dad has lived in Nimmitabel his whole life and his parents, Sue and Pete Martin-Smith, are from Gourock, Monaro Highway. Our family lived at Murrallula, Tom Groggin Road until 2002 when we moved to Glenfinnan, Springfield Road.
I went to primary school at St Patrick’s Parish School Cooma and used to spend my weekends and afternoons helping out on the farm. I went to boarding school in year 7 and after that my involvement at home was restricted to the school holidays, when Dad always made sure there was plenty of lamb marking or shearing to help out with.
When I finished school I spent a year living at home, working at birdsnest, where I experienced first hand the impact that strong women in rural centres have upon shaping opportunities for young people in the area.
I then moved to Sydney to study Design and International Studies at UTS. I spent 2017 living in Italy, studying and travelling and have returned with a greater appreciation for home. Sydney has provided me with many amazing experiences, but my plan is to move closer to home in the near future.
Having spent so much time away from home, I hope that the showgirl experience will give me an opportunity to reconnect with my local community. I look forward to becoming more involved with the Nimmitabel Show and seeing where this experience leads me.